Thursday, 16 April 2009

UC - Last 8: Bremen thwart Udinese recovery

Udinese 3-3 Werder BremenA valiant Udinese are out of the UEFA Cup after Werder Bremen thwarted a stunning recovery to secure a 3-3 draw in their quarter-final second leg tie in Udine to win 6-4 on aggregate.

Two goals by Diego and a Claudio Pizarro strike guided Werder Bremen through to the UEFA Cup semi-finals after Udinese had wiped out their 3-1 first-leg deficit before half-time at the Stadio Friuli. Despite Diego cancelling out Gokhan Inler's stunning 15th-minute strike, the momentum was with Udinese at the break as Fabio Quagiarella struck twice. But Diego's second of the match, on the hour mark, swung the tie back in favour of the Bundesliga side, who added to their tally through Pizarro on 73 minutes moments after Diego had missed a penalty for his hat-trick. The visitors now have an German semi-final meeting with Hamburg next month, while the other semi-final is an all-Ukrainian affair with Dynamo Kiev playing Shakhtar Donetsk.

UEFA Cup 2008-09
Quarter-final First Leg
Thursday 9 April
Hamburg 3-1 Manchester City
Paris Saint-Germain 0-0 Dynamo Kiev
Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 Marseille
Werder Bremen 3-1 Udinese
Quarter-final Second Leg
Thursday 16 April
Dynamo Kiev 3-0 Paris Saint-Germain (Agg: 3-0)
Manchester City 2-1 Hamburg (Agg: 3-4)
Marseille 1-2 Shakhtar Donetsk (Agg: 1-4)
Udinese 3-3 Werder Bremen (Agg: 4-6)

Semi-final First Leg
Thursday 30 April
Werder Bremen v Hamburg
Dynamo Kiev v Shakhtar Donetsk
Semi-final Second Leg
Thursday 7 May
Hamburg v Werder Bremen
Shakhtar Donetsk v Dynamo Kiev

Final (Istanbul)
Wednesday 20 May
Kiev/Shakhtar v Bremen/Hamburg (1945)

Source: UEFA

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